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Sep 20, 2013 08:13 PM

Hong Kong - one night and one morning

Two friends and I have a layover in HK for two meals, which for me means wonton noodle soup and dimsum. Flight gets in at 7pm and staying in TST, so thinking about hitting Mak Man Kee as it is walking distance from hotel and it will be late. The next morning, we plan to ferry to Central and hit Tim Ho Wan in IFC. What time should we go to avoid a very long wait on a Sunday morning? We want to be able to walk around before ferrying back and heading to the airport to catch a 2pm flight.

Will this work? Suggestions? Alternatives? Thanks for your help.

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  1. I wonder whether or not Bourdain did an episode of The Layover for HK... when we had a stopover in London for similar time, I checked the website, and lo-and-behold, a few creative suggestions for us.

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    1. One chance to eat won-ton noodles in Hong Kong??!! Stay away from Mak Man Kee!! They've gone down hill and not worth the money. Take the ferry across the harbor to IFC and have it at Tasty's instead!! You won't regret it!!

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      1. re: Charles Yu

        Hi Charles,

        I had seriously considered that post of yours before hoping your Mak Man Kee experience was a fluke. I don't now if we'll be up for going over to IFC Tasty's the first nice since we won't get to our hotel until 9pm or so after a very long flight. I'm hoping to squeeze in a bowl at the airport Tasty's on the way out.

        Any better recommendations in TST?

        1. re: limonata

          Looks like you are looking for snacks/comfort food?!

          If that's the case, how about some Shanghainese noodles, Dim Sum and Xiao Lun Bao at 'Din Tai Fung'? Their TST branch at 30 Canton Road is a Michelin 1*!!

          Out of curiosity, which hotel will you be staying in? Will you be too tired to have some slightly more formal and elaborate dinner? There are lots of choices in the TST area!! eg., The whole iSquare complex on Nathan Road is a food haven from bottom to top!!

          1. re: Charles Yu

            We will be staying at the Bauhinia. Our inclination and budget is less formal. I think it needs to be easy and relatively quick for my travel companions. I have my heart set on wonton noodles as my childhood nickname was wonton for how many I would eat. I thought Mak Man Kee would be perfect until I read your post. Then I decided to post to the board for reassurance. Thanks for ringing in.

            1. re: limonata

              OK!! If you really want a nice bowl of Won Ton Noodle upon arrival, then I would suggest you take a short walk from your hotel out to Nathan Road and take the MTR ( subway ) from 'Jordan' to 'Mong Kok' ( 2 stops ). On top of the subway exit is 'Langham Place' - a huge hotel/shopping mall complex. Take the escalator to the food Court level. On the right of the food court is 'Chee Kee', a branch of one of Hong Kong's iconic won-ton noodle place. IMO, their whole package of Won-Ton, Broth, Noodles and condiments is better and more refined than Mak Man Kee. Afterwards, you can enjoy the famous 'crowd' of Mong Kok!! Ha!

              Attaching photos of the place and their noodles to wet your appetite!!

              1. re: Charles Yu

                doesn't Tasty have a branch at the airport? does it compare to the one at IFC?

                1. re: ckshen

                  They have 5 branches in HK including the airport - never tried the airport one as I tend to speed through. But as its a chain I assume all pretty similar.

                  1. re: PhilD

                    I tried Tasty in the airport a couple of times before but it didn't seem to be as refined as the ones I tried in the city. I don't know why, is it because the cooks at the airport are not as proficient, or because I didn't quite like the food court atmosphere at the airport, or simply that I always feel a little bit stressed out in a busy airport and at the prospect of a long flight, and my mood affected my palate. But whatever it is, I'll always prefer to eat outside the airport!